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Friday, August 28, 2015

#Catfish the TV Show: Episode 20: Texan Catfish

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It's Catfish time! On tonight's episode, Nev has Toddrick Hall help him assist in uncovering the truth behind a potential catfish. In case you were wondering, Max was busy again directing his new movie so he couldn't there. 

Nev opens up an email from 21-year-old, Devan from Texas that needs help on discovering if the girl he met online, Rylan, from Austin, Texas is really the girl she is claiming to be.

Meet Devan:
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Meet Rylan:
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Devan believes that Rylan is the one but throughout the relationship has had questions on her legitimacy. She has never Skyped with him and does not have a Facebook. 

Nev and Toddrick call up Devan to get more of the story. Devan says that he's tried meeting up with Rylan a few times, but she always backed out last second. He's even sent her gas  and birthday money! Nev and Toddrick are fascinated with finding out the truth and decide to fly out to Texas to meet up with Devan and help him get some answers.


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Devan tells them that Rylan loves him for who he is and that they can talk about anything. He says he has never been in love before until he met Rylan. Nev wants to know why he used to Internet to find love and Devan explains that's very shy in real life and the Internet made it easier to message people. Devan shows them some pictures that Rylan has provided him since she does not have a Facebook. (Sketchy)


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Devan tells a story about how he once drove to meet Rylan at her uncle's house, but when he arrived and knocked on the door, the man that answered the door was not having it. When he asked if Rylan was there, the man told him that nobody by that named lived at the house. That was Devan's first red flag. Yikes. Devan confronted her on this strange matter and she explained that her Uncle had lied to him because he didn't know who Devan was. That still sounds a bit fishy, because you would think if they wanted to meet up then Rylan would told her uncle to expect a young man to show up.


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The two head out to a local cafe to start up their research. They start by looking up Rylan Collins on Facebook just to make sure she isn't lying about having a Facebook account. The search results are only males since Rylan is mostly a male name. They look up Rylan's phone number and get a girl named Cassie, who has a record for stealing. Uh, oh. Then they drag and drop Rylan's pictures and get some hits for a girl named Savannah who DOES have a Facebook account. What makes it worse? She's married/engaged as it appears. 


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The reach out to Savannah on Facebook in hopes that she can clear things up for them, but the next day she still hasn't replied. Toddrick mentions that they should try messaging her through Savannah's Instagram. They look at her account and notice that she recently posted a picture a few minutes ago. Nev looks up the Geo tag for the photo and notices that both Savannah and Rylan both live in Marble Falls very close to one another. 


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Nev and Toddrick head back to Devan's house to show them their findings. They show the name that came up with the phone number they searched (Cassie) and Devan says that he has never heard that name of before. They show that this Cassie girl has had run-ins with the authority based on her police report. Devan tells them that Rylan has explained that she has problems with the law but never pushed to find out she was arrested for. They show Savannah's FB account where there is a picture of Rylan with an engagement ring. 

Devan is crushed that he has been severely lied to and is uncertain if he wants to meet this mystery person after all. But after some thinking, he decides that he needs to know who he has been talking to.


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Since Savannah refused to get back to them, Nev has no other choice but to call Rylan up and confront her on the idea of meeting in person. Rylan tells Nev that she is scared to meet in person, but she does have something to tell him. Reluctantly, she finally agrees to meet up in person.

They fly out to Austin and settle in at a hotel, but the next day Nev notices that Savannah has finally gotten back to them. Nev calls her up with the number she provided to get some answers and Savannah Skypes with Nev, Toddrick, and Devan. Nev asks Savannah if she has ever seen Devan in her life before. She confirms that she has not. It upsets Devan to see the girl he had thought he had been talking to for a year and a half. 

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Nev asks if Savannah has ever been aware that someone has been using her photos to deceive someone online. She tells the that her neighbor three weeks ago told her that their roommate was using HER photos to talk to some guy online. Oh, snap!

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She tells them that them that the girl's name is Michelle. This is starting to get crazy. During their conversation, Rylan texts Nev telling them she can meet at a certain address. They decide to leave and meet her for the first time.

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Nev knocks on the door, but nobody answers. Toddrick notices someone peeking through the blinds upstairs and figures it is probably Rylan. Then, Nev's phone rings and Rylan tells them that she does not know if she can meet Toddrick after all. Nev tells her that she needs to come clean and that she should not be nervous. She asks if Nev and come inside her house and meet her first before she meets Toddrick. He agrees and meets her inside the house. Rylan tells him that she is nervous about what his reaction will be to her true idenity but Nev assures her to go through with it.

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Nev and Rylan come outside and the dramatic reveal is finally shown.
  
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Meet Michelle:
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Devan is shocked with the girl that steps out of the house. He is crushed that Michelle has been lying to him for so long. She tells him that she does have feelings for him and everything other than her appearance and false name were legit. Nev asks about the time that Devan drove to her house to meet. She tells them that that was really her uncle and that he said that she did not live there because he was not aware that Michelle was pretending to go by the name Rylan.  

Devan feels bad for her but tells her that he has lost all romantic feelings for her. They decide to leave and meet again tomorrow once everything has settled.

The next day, they meet up with Michelle again. She tells them that her father was never around and she is the only mixed-race child out of her thirty siblings. Thirty kids??? She tells them that the first time she met her father was at his funeral when he was dead. Shit, man. She explains that she had used her real photos online, but no one was messaging her. She felt awful that no one was talking and decided to use fake photos to lure men in. 

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Devan agrees that he will continue to talk to her as a friend, but will not be invested in her romantically any longer. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Vixen: Episode 1: Review & Recap

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TheCW released its first episode for the mini cartoon series Vixen today. If you scratching your head right now asking, "Vixen? Cartoon, Who??" Don't worry, I'll explain a bit.

Remember a season ago when Barry Allen appeared on Arrow for two episodes? Well, back then that was a test for the audience to see how well received the character would do if they were to give him his own show. Barry Allen favored well on Arrow and TheCW decided to order an entire season for our friendly speedster. This time TheCW is doing something a little different. Marc Guggenheim, showrunner for Arrow helped write and adapt a short series for the Justice League member Vixen in a cartoon series.

The season will only run for 6 episodes, each running around five minutes long. Animation is expensive, but Guggenheim wanted to see how Vixen would fare with the Arrow/Flash audience. Oliver and Barry even appear in the first episode and are voiced by both Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin!

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Now onto the recap. The episode opens up with both Oliver and Barry chasing down Vixen as she flees from them in the city. She's already figured out her powers and is using them to avoid being captured by the two. We get to see her use her super speed, strength, and invisibility from the totem that her powers flow from. She manages to avoid any contact from the two until she falls off the side of a building before we can see what happens
the episode flashes back to three days prior. She's held up in a cell but is now being released. We're not really sure why she was put there in the first place, but we find out a bit later. 

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Her necklace is definitely the main focus of the episode as it's mentioned twice within the episode. One of the guards bribes to buy it off of her for fifty bucks. You can see her struggling to agree to the payment but by the end she's walking out of the police station with it still around her neck. Turns out her dad or foster dad bailed her out. He takes her to a diner where they get some food. She tells him that the only reason she's back in Motor City was because of a job interview for fashion design. The interview didn't go so well and she ended up stabbing her interviewer in the hand with a pen. Ouch.

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She's also been trying to find out her heritage and more about her family. As they leave the diner they are assaulted and surrounded by some street thugs. One of them aims their gun towards her and demands for her necklace. Her foster father tries to buy them off with some cash, but they refuse it and punch him out. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, but we all know she's going to kick some ass.

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~Review~
It's a shame that the episodes are so short, but I know if you were to wait for all six episodes to come out then it would combine it into basically a thirty-minute episode. I really like the animation. It reminds me of the classic DC cartoons I use to watch like Batman the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. I really hope this takes off well because if it does then we will see a live action Vixen at some point in the Arrow/Flash universe. Voice acting was pretty good and it was cool to see both Oliver and Barry with the same voice actors as their live action counterparts. 

You can watch the first episode here if you are interested.
http://cwseed.com/shows/vixen/

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fear The Walking Dead: Episode 1: Review & Recap

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We start with Nick waking up in some sort of abandoned building. (Turns out to be an abandoned church.) He wakes up what seems to be some sort of hangover. Clearly he's been doing some sort of hard substance, but I'm sure we'll find out what his poison is later. Anyway, he walks through the building searching for someone, fellow junkie Gloria. 

He calls out her name but seems gets no response with her disappearance. He hears a cry for help and goes to investigate it and finds a man with his throat bitten out slumped against a wall. He's dead. Terrified, the Nick grabs a makeshift weapon and continues his search for Gloria. 

He finds her hunched over on top of another guy. He calls for her to come, believing someone is inside killing people. She turns her head to face him with chunks of flesh, and blood smeared around her mouth. 


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Turns out she's been feasting upon the guy we heard crying help who is also dead now. Nick bolts out of there, fleeing the building with what he saw. Pretty sure he can't tell if this is real or if he believes he's still stoned, either way, he runs into the street and ends up getting hit by a car.


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That catch your attention?

~End Teaser~

Next we meet a couple, Madison, high school guidance counselor, her boyfriend Travis, divorced high school English teacher, and Madison's daughter Alicia. It's a normal day at their household as they prepare for the day before heading off to work until they get a call from the hospital. Turns out that Madison's son, Nick, has been admitted to the hospital. The family heads to the hospital to see him. 


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The doctors inform them that he was raving about seeing this horrific event, but they dismiss it being he's just high. Madison is disappointed but not surprised that Nick is being seemingly erratic in behavior. This is nothing out of the ordinary for the Madison and Alicia, as it's apparent Nick has been heavy into drug use long before Travis came into their lives. Yes, this blended family is far from picture perfect.

But then we briefly meet Travis' family His now single ex-wife, Liza who is solely taking care of their son Chris. It's Travis' weekend to spend with his father, but Chris tells his mother that he has no intention of spending any time with his new family. Ouch. Tenison there.

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Madison and Alicia head off to school, even though they're clearly late and Travis hangs back with Nick to keep him company. It is then that Nick finally reveals to Travis what he really saw back at the church. He tells him that he saw his fellow junkie eating another human being and looking to him as her second course. 

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Travis explains to him that he probably was having a nightmare or hallucination. A psych eval has been scheduled and should help shed some light on what he thought he saw. Mmmhm. Nick is terrified of the thought of being insane and would rather have it be a side effect from the drug. For some reason, Travis believes in the slightest that he might be telling the truth and decides to do some investigation on his own. 

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At work, Madison has an ominous conversation with a troubled student, Tobias. He tried to sneak a knife into school and explains he only did it because it's safe to have. Madison is baffled by his comments and wants to know why he brought it in such a safe environment. He tells her that something strange is happening across the country. Madison assures him that if something bad was going to happen, that the government would inform them. Right...

Meanwhile, Travis breaks into the druggie hot spot and searches for clues. He runs into another junkie that begs for his life and flees the scene before he can question him any further. While he tries to go after the guy he trips and falls into some blood and guts. The same spot where Gloria had been chowing down on her latest victim. The body is gone. As the audience, we all pretty much know what happened to that body... Travis reports his findings to Madison who is in disbelief over the matter.

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Back at the hospital, Nick manages to sweet talk a nurse into undoing his restraints. A medical emergency happens nearby allowing Nick to use it as a distraction as he leaves the hospital undetected. Nick buys a burn phone and calls his dealer, pleading to meet him in person. Madison and Travis return to the hospital and discover that Nick is missing. The hospital ensures them that they cannot do anything because he is eighteen and is allowed to leave on his own. Also, the hospital seems to be getting quite busy... Travis and Madison leave in search for Nick.

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They stop off at a house where we meet yet another character, Calvin. Based from the conversation it seems like Calvin may have also had drug-related problems but has now become sober based on his clean cut appearance. Travis and Madison are hopeful that Calvin can point them in the right direction to where Nick may have run off to. Travis and Madison continue to drive around LA searching for Nick. They end up getting stuck in your typical LA traffic and don't think much off it, that is until they see helicopters and hear gunshots. 

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The next day at school, the footage from last night's events starts to go viral. Kids and teachers watch the terrifying footage of a man that attacks one of the paramedics. The video shows police consistently shooting the men that refuses to go down. 

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Teachers and students question if this footage could possibly be real. In another classroom, Alicia continues to try to get in touch with her boyfriend Matt, who stood her up for a date the following day. No one has seen or heard from him. That's not good. The school principal, Art decides to cancel school. Everyone leaves, unsure of the circumstances happening around town. 

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In another part of LA, Nick has met up with his dealer, Calvin. Nick is desperate to know what kind of drugs Calvin gave him before his accident. Calvin doesn't seem interested in his questions and is more concerned about if Nick has told people of his true career as a dealer. Nick swears up and down that he has not told anyone about him and just wants to know if he is sane or not. Calvin tells him that his products are not bad and offers to drive him home.

Calvin continues to seemingly drive Nick back home but takes a shortcut through a viaduct and forces Nick out of the car. Nick spots a gun hidden by Calvin's side and knows he is planning to kill him. He fights him off and manages to cause Calvin to shoot himself in the chest. 

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Nick waits for Travis and his mom to show up. He's still shaken up with the fact that he believes he killed Calvin. He takes them to where Calvin's body is but it's gone! Both Travis and Madison are convinced he's having another episode and try to take him home. Nick even starts to question his sanity as he sees the body nowhere to be found. Dead bodies can't just get up and walk away, can they?

They three get back in the truck and start to back out of the viaduct, as they go further and further back, Travis notices a figure coming into view in the rear view mirror. Oh my gosh, it's Calvin, he is alive! Madison and Travis get out of the car to approach him, but Nick tries to warn them that he will hurt them! He's seen this before after all. Frustrated that they won't listen, Nick gets in the driving side and manages to back over Calvin just before he can take a bite out of his mom. 

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They all believe he is dead, but he's not. Calvin slowly rises back up with more fight left in him. After all, people don't know how to take down walkers yet. Nick backs up into Calvin again causing him to fly off the hood and land on the cement. The three go to look to see if they've put an end to Calvin. 

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He continues to move a bit, despite his battered, bloody body.

"What the hell is happening?" Maddie asks.

"I have no idea," Travis responds.

Nick, you may be a junkie, but you can stick with me because you know what's up.

~Review~
Overall I really enjoyed the pilot. It did a good job helping us meet the characters and get a little bit of their backstory. I saw a lot of people on Twitter complaining that it was too slow. First of all people, this is a prequel to The Walking Dead. Second of all, you can't have nonstop action the whole way through. You need to establish characters and make us want to care before the action starts to take place. There is only five more episodes after this one and I am looking forward to see where this leaves us by season 1. I think it did a really good job of focusing more on the character dynamics of the group. I'll definitely continue watching.

Friday, August 21, 2015

#Catfish The TV Show: Episode 19: Catfish Catfishes Team Catfish

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Catfish kicked off Wednesday night featuring a guest sidekick to appear. Nev introduced us to rapper and actor, Machine Gun Kelly!

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Nev flew out to Philly to meet the actor since Max could not attend this episode, to help him uncover the truth about an online relationship. Hundra, a 21-year-old girl from Philadelphia met an amazing girl named Emily from New York City on Facebook 9 months ago. The relationship started off as friends but grew into a romantic relationship. Even though they both live close, their meet ups all fall through last minutes. According to Hundra, this is the first girl she has ever felt feelings for. The reason she has reached out to the Catfish team is because her family comes from Haiti and homosexuality is not tolerated in the least. 

She has not told her family that she is dating women and risks being disowned by her family. Damn.

Meet Hundra:
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Hundra explains that she met Emily after getting her heart broken dating a guy. She said she was feeling like being gay for a day so she contacted Emily through Facebook and they hit it off pretty quick. Emily opened up to Hundra about her personal situations about the struggle to come out to her own family. Hundra is convinced she is in love with this girl.

Meet Emily:
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Hundra told them that she tried to meet up with Emily on numerous occasions but all plans fell through with excuses Emily would come up with. At one point, Hundra tried to drive over to NYC to meet her on a surprise visit. Emily's excuse was that she was on vacation with her family and was not there. Another time Emily planned to meet Hundra but said her car was having issues. Hundra even sent her money to help fix her car so they could meet sonner! No, Hundra, no! Never send money to people who flake out on you like this, girl.

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Fascinated by this story, Nev and Kelly decide to drive out to meet Hundra in person and get the more of the story explained in person. Hundra tells the boys that she confronted Emily on whether or not she was being truthful with her. Emily told Hundra that she would never mess with her in that way. Nev and Kelly press her on the money that she sent Emily. Hundra explains that Emily gave her a Brooklyn address, but the name for the address was not for Emily. Emily told Hundra that the name provided was her cousin. Mmmhm...

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It gets even better, over the course of nine months, Emily has texted her from several different numbers. What the hell? Best part about it is the five different numbers she has texted her from all Philadelphia area code numbers. If Emily is really from New York then why are her area codes not accurate to her location? Very sketchy. Even more baffling during the nine months of dating her, Emily has only sent Hundra three pictures of herself.

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Nev and Kelly get a look of the pictures that Emily sent Hundra. They two wonder why Hundra is putting up with so much bull from Emily. She tells them that she really loves her and wants to get down to the bottom of this. Nev and Kelly agree to do the research to find out who this girl is.

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Nev and Kelly search Emily's current phone number. Geralyn comes up. They find Geralyn's Facebook page. The girl claims she is a lesbian, she's white and looks nothing like Emily. Welp.

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They begin to scour her photos and find pictures of her kissing other girls. Uh, oh. Best part is the girl in the photos Geralyn is kissing is EMILY! Oh snap. Her name is not Emily though, it's Melanie. 

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Why would Geralyn go through all of this if she's going to pretend to be her girl? Are Melanie and Geralyn in on some sort of scam to get money out of women online? With all the theories they decide to meet up with Hundra to show their findings. They show Geralyn Facebook page. Hundra has never heard of that name before. They show her Melanie's page (Emily) and she has also never heard that name before. Hundra is devastated by the lies and flees to get her emotions in check.

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A little later, they continue the investigation. Nev sends out a message to Melanie to see if she will talk to them about being involved in this mess. While driving back home, Nev receives a call from Melanie driving back to the hotel. They tell her that her photos are being used to Catfish another girl. Nev asks if they can meet up and she agrees to meet them the following day.

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Melanie explains that she does know who Geralyn is. They used to date but broke up several months ago. Melanie is gay but is currently seeing another girl. The breakup apparently wasn't a bad one. They tell Melanie that the number that Hundra has been speaking to comes up as Geralyn's.

Melanie is pretty disgusted that her ex-girlfriend has been using her photos to lure in girls online. Nev asks if she could call her. She agrees and calls Geralyn. She picks up and Melanie tells her that she is with Catfish right now. Geralyn is surprised and refuses to talk about anything while on the phone. Guilty.

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Geralyn agrees to meet Hundra in person, but she was kind of laughing about it. Nev gets the address from Melanie and they decide to drive out to her place and meet. They arrive to Geralyn's house to finally meet her in person. Nev knocks on the door and waits.

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Geralyn explains that this thing between them was just a game. She explains she was doing this just to get her ex, Melanie mad. What the fuck? That's messed up.

Meet Geralyn:
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Hundra accuses Geralyn that converting a straight girl to turn girl should have been some sort of accomplishment to brag about. I mean, that's just an assumption, girl. Geralyn explains that she was doing this to be spiteful but then eventually started to like her. Also, apparently she never went and picked up the money that Hundra sent her. 

Nev decides they'll meet Geralyn the following day after everyone has slept on it. Hundra is mad, with every right she should be, but continues to spout out ignorant rude comments about Geralyn's butch appearance. Both Nev and Kelly take notice and try to prevent her from saying more things she may later regret. Yikes...

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The next day, Geralyn texts Nev and ask to meet them without Hundra so she can tell them something. The two drive out to meet her and find out what she has to say. Geralyn sits them down to tell them that she actually really doesn't know Hundra. Both men are baffled, what do you mean you don't know Hundra? She explains that she's only been talking to her for about four weeks instead of the implied 9 months. Still confused, they press for more explanation. Geralyn tells them that obviously Hundra contacted the show and she and Melanie only were involved in this because Hundra asked them to do it.

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What the hell?? I think Nev and Kelly just got Catfished.


Okay, if you're still confused, let me clear this up. Geralyn and Melanie are REALLY exes. 
• A month ago, Hundra contacted them and said, "Hey, I want to get on this show."
• Geralyn says she does not know why Hundra wanted to be on the show and that she only went through with it because she loves Melanie.

"Why are we even here right now??"
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Nev and Kelly are pretty pissed that they were just Catfished by Hundra. That's messed up, yo. They text Hundra in order in order to confront her about this lie. They hide their mics to make it seem like they are going to confront her off camera. 

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Melanie and Hundra show up and immediately Melanie pounces on Geralyn and asks why she used her photos to deceive Hundra. Geralyn remains back with a stoic expression as this false accusation continues to take place. 

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"She spilled the beans," Kelly says catching the other two girls off guard. BUSTED. 

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Want to tell us something, Hundra. She says that this was an issue that needed to come out. She tells them that she wanted to come out on TV as gay. "The world needed to know," she says.

"Why does the world need to know that you're gay??" Nev asks.

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What a waste of an episode. I mean good TV, but dang man, this girl masterminded all of this. The next day Hundra texts Nev asking to talk to Nev and only Nev in person. She tells them that she does not intend to apologize because she wanted her coming out to be memorable. Da, fuck.  

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They part ways but damn that was pretty pathetic.